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Designtorget designed by Kurppa Hosk

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, print and packaging by Kurppa Hosk for Swedish contemporary furniture, art and design curator and retailer Designtorget

Designtorget is a Swedish design store and brand founded by architect Jerry Hellström in 1993 with the intention of making the very best contemporary furniture, arts and design from across the country available to the mass market. It now has 16 stores throughout Norway and Sweden and a broad catalogue of functional, high-quality products, selected by jury, produced by both unknown and established designers, and considered creative, innovative and have their own history. The brand is actively involved in the design community, committed to helping emerging designers, and has become an important driver behind the growing popularity of Swedish design.

Designtorget recently worked with Stockholm based design studio Kurppa Hosk to redesign its brand identity in a way that would secure the store a more contemporary look and feel. This went on to include logotype, flexible logo, packaging, tags, bags and stationery design.

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Marco Marco designed by Acre

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sans-serif logotype and business card design by Acre for Singapore based Italian restaurant brand Marco Marco

Marco Marco is an Italian restaurant business with five locations across the city-state of Singapore and an affordable menu made up of international interpretations of classic dishes. These are created from simple recipes inspired by modern food culture using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The name, a reference to the adventures of merchant traveller Marco Polo, was chosen to reflect the international meeting point of ingredients and cultures.

Marco Marco’s brand identity, designed by Acre, draws on the simplicity and accessibility of the experience, the quality and creativity of the dishes and their modern international influences, and visualises these through the juxtaposition of a simple type alongside the detail of deconstructed dish photography.

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Latin American Design Festival by IS Creative Studio

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Poster and visual identity for Latin American Design Festival by IS Creative Studio

The Latin American Design Festival is an organisation that promotes Latin American Design internationally and looks to highlight the social potential of design using lectures, workshops, exhibitions and complementary activities. This year’s festival took place in the Peruvian city of Lima with guest speaks that included Jessica Walsh, Brandlab and Anagrama.

LAD’s visual identity, developed by IS Creative Studio and extending across posters, lanyards, programmes, flyers, presentation graphics and signage, leverages the universal ISO A series paper standard, a diverse and bright colour palette and an economy in print, as a way to represent different countries and cultures, and the graphic language, standards and creativity that connects them.

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Urbanna designed by Forma & Co

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Postcards with coloured paper and original copy detail by Forma & Co for Barcelona tourist business Urbanna

Urbanna is a small Spanish tourist business, led by Anna Permanyer Jordi, that provides experienced guides who can speak Spanish, Catalan, German, French and English, to those visiting the city of Barcelonain. Design studio Forma & Co worked with Urbanna to develop a visual identity solution that, rather than rely on ubiquitous images of the city, favours a convivial colour palette of dyed paper, the typographical flourishes of Domaine and a copywriting component that draws on some of the familiar and unfamiliar culture and history of the city.

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